Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nature Leads to the Creator—Day 11 of a Town Girl Touched by the Farming Life

"The heavens declare the glory of God"

            God's Country.  When you think about God's country, do you think of urban areas and large cities?  Do you think of a serene farm and wide open meadows?   How can any family not be touched by the presence of God when surrounded the wonder and peace that nature brings.  Just the smell of moist dirt can draw a person into walking through meadows, forests, or even tilled ground.  No wonder so many civilizations over the centuries have mistakenly worshiped the creation rather than the Creator.

            For example, many false religions have a sun god among its list of deities.  Not only are the heavenly bodies amazing to ponder, but also the necessity of the sun's life-giving rays for our survival is obvious.  Without question, power exists behind the sun, stars, and other bodies of space, but the power does not lie in these bodies but in the God who created them.

            Psalm 19:1—"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

            Not to be left out, the rest of creation also reveals God to all of mankind.

            Romans 1:19-20—"since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

            Unfortunately, scores of people would rather ignore the True Giver of Life and worship the frail and impotent items of creation.

            Romans 1:25—"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.  Amen." 

            Determined to show his love and give mankind a little longer to choose to worship him, God continues to bless mankind—blessings given through rain and the seasons that govern crops of the field and forests.

            Acts 14:15b-17—"…telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.  In the past, he let all nations go their own way.  Yet he has not left himself without testimony.  He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."

            Nature touches every family everyday in one way or another.  Do not miss a chance to let God's creation—whether it is a lush forest, the full moon, the goldfish in your fishbowl, or everything you see when you take a walk in the country—lead you to worship and follow the Creator.  

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